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Chic Spring Miami Engagement

Leave it to Sawyer Baird to elevate our Saturday to a whole new level of chic. With a sunny spring day in Miami and quite possibly the cutest couple EVER, she worked her magic behind the lens and the result is everything an engagement session should be – fun, fresh and chock-full of love. Peek at the full gallery over here.

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Spring
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Outdoor
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Casual

From Sawyer Baird… Delaine & Michael are some of the sweetest humans I have ever met! When we were discussing locations for an engagement session many places came up… some being Savannah, Jacksonville, etc. Finally we decided that we would love to go somewhere that neither of us have been before – Miami. Delaine & Michael live in Tampa so the short drive was nothing for them & the quick plane ride for me was easy too.

When scouting out Miami I had known about Vizcaya for some time. It was on the back of my mind from the very beginning. I knew that it would just be something special. After talking to Delaine and showing her the images of Vizcaya we knew that it was the perfect fit for them. We were also excited to know that it would be something different than what is common for most engagements. They trusted me 110% on this one – and I am so so happy that they did.

Later we continued the engagement session to a nearby beach with some of the city in the background. We grabbed coconuts (well my other half 6’6′ man did!) and had a little picnic on the ocean complete with a beautiful sunset!

It really was the perfect day…

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Venue: Vizcaya Cafe

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Dreamy Amelia Island Yacht Club Wedding

When you think of a beach wedding, you typically picture the bride in a light, breezy chiffon dress—simple, but elegant. Luckily for us (and for our wedding boards on Pinterest!), this beautiful Bride wanted more. Beautiful lace, romantic draping and delicate beading is only the beginning of what makes this gown such a stunner. The real magic is the detachable train cascading ruffles, giving the lovely Bride two dresses in one. Take a look through the gallery to see the gown in all it’s beautiful glory, and all the details that make this wedding so dreamy.

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Spring
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Yacht Club
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Elegant

From The Bride…I am originally from the Northeast and recently my husband and I relocated to his home state of sunny Florida 9 months before our wedding. Since he had proposed on the beach near our new home and we knew we would stay in Florida for years to come we chose to host a destination wedding with our closest family and friends. We had a weekend long celebration, a cozy dinner with the wedding party the Thursday prior, a welcome cocktail event for all guests in downtown Fernandina Beach the night before the wedding and then the big day at a private yacht club overlooking the Intercoastal. We kept our guest list small, only 79 people attended our laid back absolutely beautiful day.We wrote our own vows in which we read to each other causing ourselves and our guests to both laugh and cry. I made a ton of decor on my own via Pinterest spending many nights and weekend at local craft stores and antique shows. and worked closely with a graphic designer friend on the invitations, signage and handmade headpiece. We wanted our guests to feel at home so we chose a causal location, added table numbers that were highlights of the year of our lives, each capturing a different photo from our life, we strung photos of our family over the years above the bar and incorporated our parents wedding photos throughout the venue. Almost everything you saw was made by myself, my now husband, our florist or our designer friend, which meant a lot to us. We rented large school buses to transport everyone from the Omni hotel throughout all of the weekend events so no one had to worry about driving or getting lost. We chose an amazing band, Last2Leave that got everyone on the dance floor before dinner was even over for the entire night! Our family took off their shoes and put their feet in the pool, while our uncles lit up cigars and relaxed. We couldn’t of asked for a more perfect day.

Photography: J. Layne Photography | Floral Design: Shea Hopely | Wedding Dress: Claire La Faye | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Band: Last2leave | Grooms Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Venue: Oyster Bay Yacht Club | Chalk Board Signage: Amber Veatch Designs | Garlands, Signage, Confetti Cones: Lauren Alleva | Invitations, Headpiece And Signs: ARThropology Jax | Makeup & Hair: Paulina Perez | Rentals: Luxe Party Rentals | Video: Flora + Fauna

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Red + French Blue Al Fresco Estate Wedding

For this couple who loves the outdoors, bringing a sense of natural elegance to their big day was an absolute must. Think sprawling blooms by Victoria Blooms Florals, perfectly crafted paper goods from A+P Designs, and al fresco dining in what felt like the coziest backyard setting. Justin DeMutiis is responsible for every stunning image, and Voila Cinematic captured the must-watch film.

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Winter
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Estate

From the Groom… Leslie and I spend the majority of our time together outdoors. Whether we are enjoying the water or dining on our back porch under the café string lights, we just feel the best when we’re among nature. This was our main focus when choosing the perfect wedding venue. The day Leslie and I stumbled upon the Powel Crosley Estate we knew we didn’t need to look any further. The Crosley Mansion was the perfect blank canvas to create the“make yourself at home” feeling we wanted our guests to experience during our wedding.

We wanted a place where we could combine the simplicity of dining on our back porch under the stars with the sophisticated elegance of an exquisite affair. These two worlds joined as we became inspired by European lifestyle, Tuscan Al Fresco dining, naturally whimsical foliage, and the perfect amount of French blue hues. Together with my mom’s natural talent for decorating spaces, our visions of restored French furnishings, woven linen juxtaposed against natural wood, shades of rich berry florals, and a top-notch execution team, the wedding of my dreams unfolded before my eyes. Having all of our closest family and friends to enjoy it with was just the icing on the three-tiered wedding cake!

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Videographer: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: NK Productions | Floral Design: Victoria Blooms Florals | Wedding Dress: Custom Romona Keveza Gown | Cake: The Short Giraffe | Caterer: Michael's on East | Lighting: Affairs in the Air | Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies | Ceremony Music: Moeller Music | Bridesmaids Dress With Belt: Lela Rose | Bridesmaids' Dresses With Flower Applique: Dessy | Ceremony, Cocktail, Reception Site: Powel Crosley Estate | Gown Boutique: Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection | Hotel Blocks: Hyatt Regency | Linen: BBJ Linen | Makeup and Hair: Lasting Luxe | Menus Suits: Kenneth Cole | Paper Products: A+P Designs | Wedding Dress Belt And Veil : Romona Keveza | Wooden Farm Tables: Tuck Tables & Event Decor

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Glamorous Geometric South Beach Wedding

This is one of those stop and stare moments; this dress is that good. But it’s only the beginning of an epically gorgeous South Beach bash, captured in all it’s geometric glory by Becca Borge and Floral + Fauna. Guests were treated to a glamorous celebration by Miranda Hattie Events with photo booth fun thanks to Capture Pod. Put it all together and this is the sort of stylish soiree that we can’t get enough of.

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Winter
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Hotel

From Becca BorgeBlacks, golds, metallics, and textures framed Arleyne and Mike’s modern South Beach wedding. The bride wore blush, the groom wore vera wang, the bridesmaids wore mismatched sparkly dresses. Their ceremony backdrop as well as reception accents were geometric shapes paired with soft and romantic textures and florals. Everything tied together through the black & gold motif throughout.

Arleyne is an extremely organized and detail-oriented person, and wanted to incorporate some personal and fun elements as well. She had a license plate evening clutch (Mike owns a tag agency), her shoes had geometric gold studs, had a wine box ceremony to open on their first anniversary, had a photobooth for guests, the guests lit sparklers at their first kiss so they recessed down the beautiful sparkler-lit aisle, and in lieu of a guestbook the couple had a unique piece of art painted for them (and guests signed the border).

They wanted their event to be a fun and contemporary expression of themselves, without lacking the romantic feel a wedding should have. Along with Mirando (Miranda Hattie Events)…this celebration was perfectly fitting for South Beach and this beautiful couple!

From the Bride… My planner, Miranda Estes, helped guide me through the my initial ideas and helped me hone into the final decisions, but my definite inspiration was paint splatter, metallics, copper, concrete, contemporary art in general, and NOT being like every other wedding we see here in Miami. I work in the Wynwood design district and the crazier the art, the more mentally stimulating it is to me. I wanted the sparkle, I wanted the romance (of course), but I wanted surprises and to really give the florist free range to create art and use a variety of textures and mediums. I didn’t want a lot of flowers at all. I wanted the containers to be odd and unexpected.

As far as the bridal party attire, sparkle/sequin was key but I wanted each girl to feel glamorous. I got sooooo much criticism about the wardrobe! On the wedding day, when they were all together, each of them voiced how “wowed” they were with the final result and cohesiveness. Again, I fully trusted Miranda’s judgment and experience, she assured me it would work and I eliminated all doubt.

I wanted the day to be an expression of who we are, regardless of what everyone else thought or what is traditionally preferred in Miami weddings we have seen. The W venue was the perfect backdrop for our taste. We have been huge fans of the W and their adjacent restaurant, Mr. Chow, and we knew that it was just plain “us”.”

My favorite moments were the sparkler send-off as we completed the ceremony, and seeing gentlemen in tuxedos and ladies in long glam gowns getting down and dirty of the dance floor! When we said it was “black tie” everyone thought it would be stuffy, and on the contrary, it was such a FUN party!

Photography: Becca Borge Photography | Cinematography: Flora + Fauna | Event Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: Allure Couture | Cake: Edda's Cake Designs | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Mars | DJ: EMG | Hotel: W South Beach | Linens: Over The Top | Photo Booth: Capture Pod | Rentals: Hitched

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